Beautiful wild places are waiting to be explored, along with ancient castles and other historic buildings, small towns and villages full of colour, history, and culture. Colourful art galleries, unique shopping experiences, gondola or funicular trips to the top of mountains, and scenic steam train journeys will appeal to others. Children will love fun-filled days at the Adventure Forestry Park, Folk Park, Wild Life Park, Reindeer Centre, Tree Zone, and Zip Trek, the longest zip wire in the UK. There are endless great places to eat, where fabulous fresh local produce is served daily.
Castles, Gardens and Historical Sites
Scotland is bursting with castles and historic buildings, ranging from fascinating ruins to well-preserved gems set in dramatic landscapes, and many of these places have beautiful gardens. Alternatively, you may choose to visit one of Scotland’s beautiful coastal gardens warmed by the Gulf Stream, creating an almost subtropical climate that allows plants that are rarely seen in the UK to grow and thrive there.
Blair Castle has been the home of the Atholl family for over seven centuries. Incredible collections of furniture, arms, china, lace and portraits and more.
Ruthven Barracks, built by George II’s government in the early 1700s after the failed Jacobite uprising of 1715. Built on a prominent mound and visible for miles.
Ballindalloch is one of the finest surviving examples of a Scottish Baronial Castle. Castle, gardens, picnic area, children's play area, tearoom and shop
Castle dates from the late 14th century, built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. An ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree..
Eilean Donan Castle. One of the most iconic images of Scotland and recognised all around the world. Castle, amazing views, coffee shop, and gift shop.
Eilean Donan Castle
Scone Palace has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce.
Inverewe Gardens. Rare species thrive in this heritage garden as the effects of the Gulf Stream meet the Highlands. Visitor Centre and Cafe.
Branklyn Garden. Outstanding collection, particularly the rhododendrons, alpines and peat-garden plants.
Fun-Filled Family Visits
The simple act of going for a walk together in a beautiful rural setting, and just taking in what is around you can be a magical experience. To add some variety to your stay there are some great child-friendly, fun-filled and memorable visits for the whole family to enjoy. Hand-feeding Reindeer in a mountain environment but just a few minutes walk from the car, making a splash at the end of a water slide, finding your way along a treetop walk or adventure course, whizzing down a zipline or a forest rollercoaster, or watching the antics of snow monkeys are just a few examples of what you can do with family and friends.
We have put together a few examples to help you plan your stay.
Cairngorm Reindeer, family visits, hand feeding Reindeer and walking with the herd
Landmark Forest Adventure Park, including Dinosaur Kingdom, Bamboozeleum, Wonderwood, Monkey Trail, Ant City and more
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig. Animals and attractions, drive round, walk round cafe, and visitor centre.
Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig
Looking for more inspiration for places to visit?
Jacobite scenic steam train journey Fort William to Mallaig
Jacobite Steam Train
Other Activities at Ben Alder
Adventures On Water
Due to the natural landscape of plentiful rivers, lochs, and a vast coastline Scotland has become a draw for an…
Adventures On Land
Cycle through ancient woodland or round a graded technical course, scale a Munro and admire the panoramic view from the…
There are a numerous local places to eat to suit a variety of different appetites. In addition you will find…
Scotland has over 500 courses to choose from, ranging from our famous links courses, inland courses among the rolling green…
Fishing & Sporting
Guests staying in our lodges are welcome to fish on Loch Ericht and Loch Rannoch from the bank or you…
From adrenaline thrills to relaxing therapies, workshops, and delicious culinary delights, we have put together some ideas, which will hopefully…
Festivals, sporting events, seasonal events
A number of stunning Lochs are within easy reach of all of our lodges.